Ghost Season


Mi, 26. Juni 2024 - 19 Uhr


Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln


Abendkasse 12 / 10 / 8 €*

Sprache & Weiteres

in englischer Lautsprache

Reading with Fatin Abbas & conversation with Kwame Anthony Appiah and donna Kukama


Our new project series Wings with Roots - Dynamic Belongings is inspired by the renowned philosopher, professor and writer Kwame Anthony Appiah and his book The Lies that Bind - Rethinking Identity (Profile Books 2018). The new series is dedicated to diverse worldviews and alternate forms of knowledge production and invites us to open up to literary voices that convey a dynamic understanding of identity. Excellent Black writers tell stories from plural worlds with all the challenges and creative potentials that unfold in our global and diversely intertwined world(s).

Ghost Season - Reading with novelist Fatin Abbas & conversation with Kwame Anthony Appiah and donna Kukama

Fatin Abbas, born in Khartoum/ Sudan and raised in New York, earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, New York. She will read from her debut novel Ghost Season followed by a discussion with Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah moderated by South African artist Prof. donna Kukama (professor of Contemporary Art/Global South at KHM). The five central characters in Abbas' novel, set in current Sudan, reveal intimate and unexpected experiences of personal belongings and boundaries. How do the panelists view these dynamic identities, also with regard to their specific backgrounds and personal “Wings with Roots”?

                                                                                                      Fatin Abbas

Fatin Abbas is an international writer and journalist. Born in Khartoum, Sudan, and raised in New York City, she gained her BA in English from the University of Cambridge, her PhD in Comparative Literature from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College, the City University of New York, where she was awarded both the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize and the Miriam Weinberg Richter Award for her writing. She has published essays and reports in The Nation, Le Monde diplomatique and Die Zeit, among others, and short prose in the magazines Granta and Freeman's. She has taught fiction writing at MIT and the Pratt Institute in New York and comparative literature at Bard College Berlin. Dave Eggers commented on Ghost Season, her first novel: “Absolutely fascinating ... an extremely important novel.” Fatin Abbas currently lives in Berlin.

Kwame Anthony Appiah


Kwame Anthony Appiah is a renowned philosopher and writer. He grew up in Ghana and England and received his doctorate at Cambridge University. He taught philosophy on three continents and is currently professor at NYU in New York. Topics such as race and Identity are central in his interdisciplinary work.

donna Kukama

donna Kukama is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice engages performance art as a tool for creative research. Her work presents institutions, monuments, gestures of protest, rumors, and fleeting moments that are as real as they are fictitious. She has presented her work in renowned institutions and museums, such as the Tate Modern in London, Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham; Padiglione de’Arte Contemporanea Milano in Milan; South African National Gallery in Cape Town; Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp; nGbK in Berlin; and the New Museum in New York. She questions how histories are narrated and subverts how value systems are constructed, often centering methods perspectives that originate from the Global South. Through her practice, she weaves major with minor aspects of histories, introducing fragile and brief moments of ‘strangeness’ within sociopolitical settings. Kukama holds a permanent position as a Professor in Contemporary Art with a focus on the Global South at KHM Academy in Cologne.

Gefördert von: Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung/bpb, Kunststiftung NRW, Stadt Köln

In Kooperation mit der Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM)

*Free admission for KHM members with KHM access card

In Kooperation mit
Theodor Wonja Michael Bibliothek 1
Universiät zu Köln 1
Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies Uni Bonn 1
Stadt Köln 1
Kunststiftung NRW 1
Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung 1

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